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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 28th 2012

May 28, 2012 (Chengdu) This is the tenth annual visit we’ve made to China. To celebrate as only the Chinese can, we spent most of Monday reflecting on the achievements of the past decade but also looked ahead to where this milestone will lead. We were surrounded by bright red banners with yellow and which Chinese characters. Only when the obvious “DMEI” word was included did we realize these banners were up for us Monday morning was spent in high level discussions of potential collaborations the partnership could generate including clinical care, resident and fellow education (including exchange programs) and basic science and clinical research projects. Participation of high level officials from Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital (SPPH) and Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) allowed for some formal but reasonably open discussions.... read more
Cooperation Summit 2012
The SPPH delegation
The DMEI Delegation

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 27th 2012

Chengdu (May 27, 2012) We have had our welcoming dinner at the famous Tian Chenlou Hotel in Chengdu with our very gracious hosts. Dr. Fan is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at SPPH and he hosted a dinner for us. Along with Dr. Fan were many familiar faces: Robert, Regan, Jim, Lucy, Susan Wei, Nina, Lisa, Doris and several new faces. Dr. Gene Anderson joined us arriving in Chengdu from meetings he had participated in Beijing, along with Hans Cao. During dinner we had an extensive discussion about the plans for the week including strategic meetings, 10th Anniversary celebration on Monday; a scientific symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday; clinical outreach in remote township on Thursday and a visit to West China Hospital at Sichuan University on Friday. Dinner was the typical hospitable eclectic Sichuanese food ... read more
Our Hotel
Introductions at Dinner
SPPH Resident Staff

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 27th 2012

Chengdu (May 27, 2012) Arrived safely into Chengdu airport. Met there by familiar faces - Robert and Rachel. Packed up a van with passengers and a lot of luggage and off to the Tian Chenlou Hotel...We checked-in in record time. All settled, internet working (Ethernet only). Meetings start at 4:00 pm! More soon from West China.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island May 27th 2012

Hong Kong Airport (May 27, 2012) After a nice breakfast at the Habor Plaza Lounge, hotel checkout and a quick cab ride to the airport we're off to Chengdu. We had a small scare with Annie Chan coming up with a bag missing, but it was in the second cab. Check-in went smoothly. We made it through all the queues for ticket counters, luggage checkin, customs, immigration and are now at Gate 502 waiting for Air China flight to Chengdu. Found the NBA playoff game 7 Boston vs. Philly at the gate! If we can find Thunder/Spurs in Chengdu it will be awesome! Next update from Chengdu...hope we have internet access!... read more
Hotel Lobby
Checking Out
Waiting for Cabs

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak May 26th 2012

Hong Kong (May 26, 2012) After some dim sum and a nap for most of us, we headed off to see Victoria's Peak - the highest point on Hong Kong Island, and a great way to view the city from the top. We took a shuttle to the ferry, the ferry to Hong Kong Island, a cab to the tram and a tram up the mountain. The line up for the tram up the mountain were quite long - estimated at an hour, but it moved fairly fast and after about 45 minutes we packed into the tram for a steep ride up the mountain. There is a six storey observation center at the Peak with an open observation deck at the top. You're always at risk for low clouds and fog obscuring the view from ... read more
Waiting for the Ferry
The Ferry Landing
Lining up for the Ferry

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 26th 2012

May 26, 2012 (Kowloon) We had a great breakfast on the 20th floor Harbour Plaza Lounge and then met in the Hotel Lobby to go start exploring. There are a few "traditions" Dr. Farris has initiated in Hong Kong and we went out to do them all: the Regal Jewellry store, Lee's of Paris shirt tailors, "meat on a stick" at Kowloon Park with Mango jelly and then dim sum. A little twist in our escapades today included a torrential downpour halfway through our jaunt through Hong Kong. We all bought cheap umbrellas and are now quite soaked, but had an enjoyable time. Resting up a bit and then off to Victoria's Peak and dinner at Bubba Gump's on the mountain top overlooking the city. Enjoy the pictures!... read more
A View for Breakfast
A Better View

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 25th 2012

May 25, 2012 (Kowloon, Hong Kong) Well Cathay Pacific fligth 885 was 14 hours, 38 minutes and 45 seconds from take off to landing...enough time to get acquainted with your seat. I'm pretty sure the seat molded me rather than the other way around. I broke it up into seven 2 hour segments and that seems to work well. One movie for me (Rum Diaries with Johnny Depp), some computer work, read a newspaper, listened to music. Felt quite good upon arrival. Flight was full, one screeching baby, but noise cancelling headphones help that problem. Queues for immigration were quite long, but move very quickly and efficiently. Knowing the layout of the airport is helpful, so we navigated immigration, customs, currency exchange and cab lines quickly. Cabbies were friendly and helpful...even creative to get all the ... read more
Starting Descent

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 25th 2012

May 25, 2012 ...6:20 am local time (Hong Kong) It was great to get some sleep. Having stayed up nearly the entire flight I was tired enough that I slept most of the night. Great hotel here on the Hong Kong Harborfront, with a direct view of the harbor and Hong Kong island across the bay. The taxi ride was the typical adventure of seeing how many suitcases fit in a HK taxi trunk, and debate of how many passengers can we get. With two taxis, we were actually stuffed with luggage but comfy in the passenger compartments. After a 30 minute ride to the hotel, we checked in. Great helpful staff at the hotel that accomodated all our requests, upgraded our rooms and gave a a package deal on internet access and breakfast - so ... read more
Hong Kong Harbor

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 25th 2012

May 25, 2012 (Hong Kong) After 14 hours and 38 minutes we landed in Hong Kong, tired but all in reasonable spirits. We piled all our luggage and passengers (8 people now) into two cabs and drove the 30 minute drive to our hotel on the harbor front Kowloon side. It is warm and very humid, but a clear view of Hong Kong Island below the low cloud coverage typical in HK. We are staying in a different hotel this year - the Harbor Plaza Metropolitan Hotel. Its very nice and the staff were exceptionally gracious - upgrading our rooms to suites. Its good to be here. We'll sleep (its 13 hours ahead of Central Time Zone) tonight and see Hong Kong sights tomorrow and head to Chengdu for Sunday.... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 24th 2012

May 24, 2012 (Los Angeles, LAX) The team going to China this year includes Dr. Greg Skuta, Chairman of the OU Department of Ophthalmology and President of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and his son Matt. Dr. Brad Farris (neuro-ophthalmologist), Dr. Annie Chan (senior resident and DMEI Cornea Fellow next year) and Dr. Adam Carver (senior resident and Retina Fellow at DMEI next year. We left two other senior residents at home to take care of business...and because we took them to Swaziland on a similar trip earlier this year (Dr. Hobbs and Dr. Adesina). We will be meeting Dr. Ron Kingsley (medical retina specialist at DMEI) in C... read more

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